We are 99% complete, but there are a few major items hanging out there.
– The boat will be hauled out Tuesday, to fix a leak at the stabilizer
– ABT is coming back to upgrade the heat exchanger used to cool my hydraulic system
– The Simon system is not monitoring my new flow sensors or my electrical system. I added amazing new sensors that give me a weath of information, and the sensors are working fine. I now can see the exact volume of water being used to cool my hydraulics or a/c system. The flow sensoring has already justified itself, through spotting a problem with inadequate cooling water flow, that has probably existed since the boat was new. The electrical sensors let me know exactly the electrical load, measured at the point the power is generated. I already had meters on all of my electrical panels, but interpreting them has not been easy. Values from different panels have to be added together, and because some panels are sometimes fed via inverters, and sometimes via a generator or shorepower, there isn’t an easy way to quickly know power consumption (until now). All of the new sensors are in and working, but the linkage to Simon still has to happen. The technician who was working on this had to deal with some health issues, and has returned to Canada. Argh. I’ll figure it out.
– The heater for the hot tub has failed. I know I’ll get no sympathy on this one, but it still needs fixed.
Roberta and I have been busily loading boxes of food onto the boat. We loaded eight large boxes of meat yesterday, and have another big load today. It may seem like a lot, but we’re preparing for a five month voyage, with a lot of different people on board.
Here’s something from yesterday… I ordered a bunch of custom clothes for the trip, to use as gifts for our guests. As usual, I probably went a little over the top, in that I bought everyone nice custom “official GSSR” caps, shirts, vests, jackets, duffel bags and more. Over the next five months, between friends and crew, a lot of people will be coming and going on Sans Souci. Yesterday, Bill from http://www.kamgear.com/ called with the good news that all of the clothes were ready. He offered to deliver them. I said “Great!”, but then when he showed I realized I had a problem. He came in a big van, with TWELVE boxes of stuff. Argh. The boat is already overloaded with spare parts and provisions. I had no idea where to put 12 boxes of clothing! I had to send him back to the factory with everything, and we’ll ship it to everyone, then they can bring it with them when they come to the boat (they aren’t all on board at once). Sans Souci has an immense amount of storage, but we have an immense amount of food and spare parts on board.
There are only four days to go prior to departure, two of which the boat will be out of the water ..
I’ll be stressing out all week, and working long hours, but overall, the boat is in terrific shape, and we are ready to go. When I have time to worry about t-shirts, and heat for the hot tub, it’s a sure sign that the important things are under control.